Chili-Pepper-Infused Maple Syrup Is Now a Thing

Spicy maple syrup aims to follow the sweet-hot path bravely forged by hot honey.

Are you in the mood for something sweet or something spicy? Actually, you may not have to choose.

Spicy honey — honey that has been infused with chili peppers — has increasingly become a hot commodity on the condiment scene. There’s Mike’s Hot Honey, launched in 2011, and MixedMade’s Bees Knees Spicy Honey, which made its debut in 2014. Both are made in Brooklyn (natch) and can be used to liven up foods like pizza, chicken, cheeses, fruits, veggies or baked goods (“even ice cream,” Mike’s suggests) — or crank up the flavor in your cocktail. Now, a saucy new hot-sweet syrup is set to share hot honey’s spotlight: spicy maple syrup.

MixedMade has just introduced its newest product, Trees Knees Spicy Syrup, which is maple syrup infused with chili peppers. (No, trees don’t have knees, but then, neither do bees.) Company co-founder Casey Elsass says the spicy syrup, which has its own distinct flavor and is vegan and “Paleo Friendly,” can be used in much the same way as the hot honey. "We encourage the sense of experimentation that we do with the honey," he recently told Grub Street.

The product isn’t yet available in stores — though that is currently in the works — but can be purchased online for $15 per 13.5-ounce bottle.

MixedMade expects to start shipping the spicy syrup on May 18, in time to spice up your Memorial Day BBQ. Just don’t unsuspectingly pour it on your pancakes. Or — who knows? — maybe that would be delicious.

Photo courtesy of @bymixedmade
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